Richard III
Richard III (1995)

Richard Loncraine takes Shakespeare's classic tale of treachery, Richard III, and transplants it to the 1930s. Ian McKellen is Richard who, as the film opens, begins plotting against his brother Edward, who has just ascended to the… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 15, 2001
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This re-imagining of Shakespeare's Crookback King relocates the story in 1930 and features an indelible star turn for Ian McKellen as the monstrous and magnetic King Richard.

Godfrey Cheshire

A sure-fire crowd-pleaser among recent Shakespeare movies.

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Andrew Geller
New York Times

It is all in the grand manner of Shakespearean tragedies.

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Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show

On its simplest and most satisfying level, Loncraine's Richard III can be enjoyed as an ingeniously sustained and spectacularly ballsy stunt.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

In a shamelessly entertaining display of acting brilliance, McKellen 'plays' the demon's good arm as if it were a Stradivarius, executing one showy stunt after another.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

This is Shakespeare exciting enough for even the most dubious, which, after all, is no less than the man deserves.

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David Keyes

"Richard III" is the kind of movie that earns the right to interpret the bard's ideas through alternate perspectives because it does so without sacrificing its core values or integrity.

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out

This triumphant take on the Crookback king is as different from Olivier's '50s historical pageant as chalk is from malmsey.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

McKellen's enormous performance as Richard represents the film's biggest tinkering with theatrical canon.

Sarah Boslaugh

...McKellan helped his own cause by writing a screenplay which captures the essence of Shakespeare's play while also working perfectly as a movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Ian McKellen is Mesmerizing in this performance. The modernized setting and story-telling are a bit off-putting.
Stella Dallas
one of shakespeare's more brutal plays reset in the '30's with striking atmosphere and a stellar cast. it's obvious sir ian had a blast… More
Jennifer D
Ian McKellan was magnificent as usual. Annette Bening was magic. Jim Broadbent was incredible. Maggie Smith was brief, but fantastic. Robert Downey Jr. was… More
El Hombre Invisible
What makes this version spectacular is the "modern-day" setting of this Shakespearean classic with imagery invoking that of Nazi Germany. The… More
Wildaly M
Richard III like you've never seen it before! Ian McKellen was amazing in this as he embodies the evilness of Richard III. Inventive and ruthless, this… More
Ken Stachnik
Visually interesting and simplified re-telling of Richard III. Set in hypothetical 1930's England where Civil War has left the country amid Fascist rule.… More

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